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Citizen's Police Academy now accepting applications for January class

The City of Moscow Police Department will be holding its 15th Annual Citizen Police Academy from January 21st to April 8th, 2015.  This eleven-week course will meet once a week to provide an opportunity for citizens to learn and experience the law enforcement profession while enhancing communication lines to the citizens we serve and protect.  Course topics include, but are not limited to, police history, the criminal justice system, patrol procedures, traffic and drug enforcement, criminal investigations, use of force, firearms training, and emergency vehicle operation.Classes will be held in the City of Moscow Police Department briefing room at 118 East 4th Street, Moscow, Idaho.  Classes will be held Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with an additional range day on a Saturday to be determined.

I-90 westbound pavement work will affect Tuesday morning commute in the Spokane Valley

Contractors will be patching shoulder pavement along westbound I-90, between the Stateline Interchange and Liberty Lake on Tuesday, November 18.  The work will begin around 8:00 a.m.Westbound I-90 will be reduced to one through lane beginning at 8:00 a.m.  Work should wrap up by mid-day.Westbound drivers should be alert for slow traffic, congestion, and delays and may wish to adjust their travel times or use an alternate route.

Spokane County burn ban in effect

A Stage 1 burn restriction is in effect in Spokane County due to weather conditions that are likely to contribute to a build-up of wood smoke.

Conservation groups offer $15,000 reward after endangered wolf killed in Washington

Conservation groups are offering up to a $15,000 reward for information leading to conviction of those responsible for the illegal killing of the breeding female wolf of the Teanaway pack in Washington's Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The killing is one of several in the past year jeopardizing the recovery of Washington's gray wolves, which are fully protected under the federal Endangered Species Act in the western two-thirds of Washington and throughout the state under state endangered species law.  State and federal officials recovered the dead Teanaway pack breeding female on Oct. 28 near the Salmon la Sac area north of Cle Elum. Based on GPS collar data, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents believe the animal was killed around Oct. 17. The Fish and Wildlife Service has requested that anyone with information about the killing of this wolf, or who might have noticed suspicious behavior in the Teanaway area, to contact federal law enforcement agents at 206-512-9329 or 509-727-8358. State law enforcement may be contacted at the 1-877-933-9847 hotline for reporting poaching activity in Washington. Reports to this hotline may be made anonymously. "We know that it's very likely that someone has important information about this abhorrent killing that will be useful to law enforcement," said Amaroq Weiss, West Coast wolf organizer at the Center for Biological Diversity, which is contributing to the reward. "Statewide surveys indicate three out of every four Washington residents support restoring wolves here, and now we need some of those concerned citizens to step up and help us prevent further setbacks for recovery by helping us find and convict the person responsible for the brutal death of this animal." "Whether one supports or opposes wolf recovery in the Northwest, poaching like this is an unacceptable abuse of our shared natural heritage," said Jasmine Minbashian, communications director for Conservation Northwest. "Every wolf counts in Washington's ongoing and fragile wolf recovery," said Shawn Cantrell, Director of Defenders of Wildlife Northwest field office. "It is our hope that this reward will help law enforcement bring the person responsible for the killing of this wolf to justice and deter future tragic killings.""This tragic, illegal killing of yet another alpha female clearly demonstrates why all of our state's gray wolves need protection. They are an endangered species and still have a long road to a full recovery in Washington," said Dan Paul, Washington state director for The Humane Society of the United States. "We thank the US Fish and Wildlife Service for their commitment to investigate this heinous act."The groups coordinating the reward for information leading to a conviction in this case include the Center for Biological Diversity, Conservation Northwest, Defenders of Wildlife, The Humane Society of the United States, The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, and Woodland Park Zoo. There were only 52 confirmed wolves in Washington at the end of 2013, with five of Washington's packs statewide having confirmed breeding pairs - two in the North Cascades and three in Northeast Washington.  This killing is the second breeding pack female lost in Washington in 2014, and has left the North Cascades Recovery Region with the potential for only one successful breeding pair, a decline back to the 2008 breeding level. The other known loss in 2014 was the Huckleberry pack breeding female in northeastern Washington in August. The state wolf conservation goal is a minimum of 15 successful breeding pairs for three consecutive years in three recovery regions across the state from eastern Washington to the Olympic Peninsula. To date, numbers of successful breeding packs in the state have been stagnant at five since 2012. Washington's wolves were driven to extinction in the early 1900s by a government-sponsored eradication program on behalf of the livestock industry. Since the early 2000s, the animals have started to make a slow comeback by dispersing into Washington from neighboring Idaho and British Columbia.  Human-caused mortality has been a major cause of losses for Washington's wolves since wolves began recolonizing the state in 2007, including wolves in at least six of the state's known packs (Lookout, Ruby, Wedge, Huckleberry, Teanaway and Diamond packs). The killings have included the breeding females in four of the state's productive packs (Lookout, Wedge, Huckleberry, Teanaway).  Because the Teanaway pack represents the southern edge of confirmed wolf recovery in Washington's Cascades, the pack's continued survival is critically important to meet the state's recovery goals. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife, local ranchers and conservation organizations have invested extensive time and resources to prevent conflict between this wolf pack and livestock, including co-sponsoring range riders to supervise sheep and cattle herds. These efforts have been successful, with no reported conflicts within the territory of the Teanaway pack in recent years. State wildlife officials recently described the Teanaway wolves as a model pack. With the loss of its breeding female, the pack's future success is now in jeopardy.Groups sponsoring the reward are working together to advance wolf recovery in Washington through the state's 2011 Wolf Conservation and Management Plan.

All Central Valley middle schools to "Fill the Bus" with food

Nearly 150 middle school students from Bowdish, Evergreen, Greenacres, Horizon and North Pines middle schools and Summit School will be holding the 10th Annual "Fill the Bus" food drive on Saturday, November 15 from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at six grocery store locations in the Spokane Valley.The Central Valley school students have set a goal to collect 14,000 pounds of food items and frozen turkeys for the holidays to fill the yellow school buses parked outside each location. Food and cash donations will benefit the Spokane Valley Partners Food Bank.This year, North Pines Middle School principal Gordon Grassi will be driving the "Turkey Truck" between locations, collecting frozen turkey donations and transporting them to the food bank throughout the day.

Washington Rural Heritage Grant preserves historic documents

The Colville National Forest recieved the 2014-2015 Washington Rural Heritage Grant to digitize historic photographs, maps, and documents that capture scenes of early Forest Service activities and life in northeast Washington from thw early 1900's. The grant was received in partnership with the Libraries of Stevens County.Some of the noteworthy examples of items that will be digitized in this effort include historic photographs from the 1900s to 1950s that feature the activities of timber survey crews, firefighting crews, forest rangers, fire lookout staff and the lookout towers. Additionally, there are historic documents of logging and forest management activities, original homesteading cards, grazing allotments, cattle activities and some pre-1960 historic maps of the Colville National Forest.The content will come from documents stored in the Heritage Department at the Forest Service Headquarters in Colville, WA, and will be digitized through the Washington State Library.

Detectives interview Roberge in Hensz shooting

Mike Roberge, the Spokane police officer involved in a shooting last weekend, has met with investigators tell them what happened and why he did not have his body camera recording during the incident.

Gov. Inslee proclaims Nov. 17-23 Global Entrepreneurship Week in Washington State

Governor Jay Inslee proclaimed Nov. 17-23, 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) in Washington. This third annual celebration of entrepreneurship and startups will feature more than 100 local education and networking events in all 39 counties – surpassing the reach of any other state program. More events take place year-round in Washington.

FBI: Parking ticket helps catch Roscoe Bandit

The FBI is crediting the assistance of the Spokane Police Department – and a parking ticket – with helping track down the serial bank robber authorities dubbed the "Roscoe Bandit."